Thanks to our readers, here are some other famous #69s…
Brad Lackey runs number 69 in the AHRMA Nationals. He's seen here on a big bore CZ in the 50+ Expert Class at Diamond Don Rainey's Riverport Nationals in Jefferson, Texas -- April 1, 2006.
Please put Tom Welch from Charlotte Hall, Maryland in the Number Cruncher for #69. I can't remember what year it was but he was riding for Suzuki support at the time. Tom is a true Budds Creek local.
I wasn't sure if you left this out on purpose or not, but Mike Alessi's first national number was #69. Obviously he never wore it, but it was the number he earned.
Here is one to add to #69: Keith S. Johnson
Team Honda's Newest 450 pilot Andrew Short rocked the big Six-Nine in 2002 onboard his Motoworld Racing Suzuki. A year later he would go on to win the '03 East-West Shootout before signing on with one of the biggest teams in motocross.
Kyle Abney of Farmington NM - 1995 New Mexico Desert Racing Club season Pro Class champion, used to carry the #69. Held an AMA Pro License (#469) and ran the 125cc West region in the mid-90's. Last I heard he's still racing a Honda big-bore around Baja.
I don't think I rode High Point in '77. I did ride Keysers Ridge, Maryland in '76 on an RM 125 in the support class of the 250 Nats. I sucked in the first moto but finished second in moto two behind Fred Vertucci. Anyway, I tried to scan a couple pictures of me running the number in '76, but they were too big to send as an attachment.
Man, that was a long time ago. The rulebook back then allowed any rider who finished in the top twenty in points from the previous year to go right to the gate for both motos at every national. I think I finished 16th in the 1974 series. That was the first year they had a 125 class. My best finish in '74 was a 10th overall at Mid-Ohio. I got a second place start in the final moto and threw it away trying to pass Tim Hart for the lead! They ran three motos that day in conjunction with a 250 Inter-Am that I believe DeCoster won. I earned #88 for '75 and rode all but the opening round in 1975, earning #69.